“Stupid Emmett!” I muttered, slamming the car door shut and heading up the driveway to my empty house “He should do humanity a favour and drive off a cliff. A very tall cliff with big jaggy rocks at the bottom!”
“Talking to yourself son?” I heard the voice of Charlie.
I turned to see Mr. S sitting on the stair of his porch, reading a paper and drinking a cup of coffee. For once it had been a nice day in Fork’s. Not one drop of rain at all. Huffing, I made my way over to my ‘2nd father’ as I used to call him, taking a seat next to him.
“Of course I’m talking to myself.” I began “Who else can I trust?”
He chuckled, folding his paper up and sitting it behind him, the cup quickly following. Oh great. He was about to go all ‘Oprah’ on me. He gave a small sigh, a hint of a smirk playing at the corner of his lips. I knew what was coming...I just didn’t know if I should tell him, but I was hiding so much these days, it was starting to get a little hard to keep it all bottled up. What was the harm?
“Ok...I really like someone.” I began, turning a little to face Charlie “And I think that there is a very good chance that she may like me back. So today, I was about to ask her on a date, and just as I was going in for the kill, Emmett came up and ruined EVERYTHING!”
“That sounds like Emmett.” Charlie laughed “Well boy, all you do is catch her when she’s alone, and try again...So who’s the lucky girl anyway?”
“Uh...” I began “I can’t say...Secret.”
“Ah.” Charlie said with a nod “Do I know her?”
Oh yeah you know her.
“Maybe...” I lied “I don’t know...probably not.”
I highly doubt it. I mean, all he does is share a house, car and DNA with her. Not much. That could be anyone.
“Well, let me know how it works out...” He said, standing up “Oh, speaking of girls, where’s Bella?”
“At the diner with the guys.” I said “Do you want me to pick her up for you?”
“That would be great son. I need to head back out to work. We had a big day. All hands on deck.”
I was happy that Charlie asked me to pick Bella up. That meant that she would be in my car, alone with me...maybe I should rephrase that. We’ll manage to talk without any interruptions from someone like Emmett, who I wasn’t going to forgive until after my make out session with Bella...when I ask her out...and if she say’s yes. I got in my car after a while, and began to make my way over to the diner, giving myself a little pep talk on the way. I didn’t know why I was so nervous...I think it was maybe because Bella was unlike most other girls, and the fact that I had a history with her. She wasn’t just going to be one of those girls who I would keep around until I got bored. She was the one...I know, I’m getting cheesier every day.
I continued to get lost in my thoughts until I came to a stop outside the diner. Emmett’s big jeep was parked outside, taking up most of the room. I headed inside, seeing them sitting at our usual table, Rosalie throwing fries at Emmett, and Alice running off towards the bathroom (Jasper quickly following).
“Hey guys.” I said, grabbing a chair from another table and bringing it to the end of theirs, sitting at on it backwards “What’s up with Alice?”
“Hey.” Bella began, placing her plate of fries between us so I could share “She’s been really sick the past few hours, throwing up everywhere...I didn’t think you were coming. Change your plans?”
“Yeah.” I said, grabbing a handful of the fries “But I can’t stay...and neither can you.”
“My Dad asked you to pick me up didn’t he?”
She didn’t wait for an answer, all she did was sigh, roll her eyes and grab her jacket, saying goodbye to everyone.
We walked out to the car, my nerves picking up again. What if she laughs at me? Ugh, Cullen stop acting like a girl! I opened the door for her, giving her a small smile in which she returned before she climbed in. This was it...no going back.
I was happy to see Edward. I felt a little guilty after leaving him like that. He seemed like he had something important to say...OH MY GOSH! He’s dating Tanya! That has got to be the reason. Why would he be all nervous? He said to me that he wouldn’t go out with her, but he is and he’s scared to tell me. That d***! Wait...why am I so angry? Edward can date whoever the hell he wants...but still, it’s Tanya...and we only had sex for the first time ever a week and a half ago! Talk about moving on fast! I sat in the car with my arms crossed over my chest, seriously contemplating going over to Tanya’s with a rocket and launching her out into space...but then again she’d still be too close.
Edward got into the car, but didn’t turn on the engine right away...instead, he turned to face me. Ah hell, he was going to tell me now!
“Bella...” He began in a velvety voice “I have something I want to ask you...”
Oh man...he’s going to ask me if I’m alright with the idea...and I’m going to have to be a good friend and say ‘yes’.
“Sure Edward...what is it?” I asked trying to sound casual instead of pissed.
“Ok...here it goes...” He opened his mouth to speak, but just as he went to tell me the dreaded news, his phone went off.
“You have got to be f****** kidding me!” He exclaimed, taking his phone out from his pocket and flipping it open “WHAT!...No Emmett!...I’m still outside...” I watched as Edward sighed and pinched the bridge of his nose “Yeah sure...I’ll drop it off tonight.”
Flipping his phone shut, Edward turned on the engine, and was soon heading away from the diner. Ugh...why wasn’t he telling me now!? The suspense is killing me.
“Emmett left his PSP at my place. Now I have to drop it off back at his place tonight.”
“You don’t sound very happy.” I said a little confused. Usually Edward loves spending time at Emmett’s. They’re like brothers.
“Well... I was actually hoping that I would have plans for later on tonight.” He said. Now I was even more confused.
“So...what was it that you wanted to ask me?” I still wasn’t sure if I wanted to hear it.
He turned to look at me, nerves taking over him again. He was always so confident and in charge. It’s like he has switched places with me!
“I...I was wondering if...you know if you...”
But I had to cut him off, as much as I hated to.
“EDWARD!” I cried “Watch the road!”
Both of us stared ahead, letting out a scream when we saw that Edward had driven onto the wrong lane while ‘talking’ to me, and now we were currently heading towards an oncoming truck! I quickly swerved just before we collided with the truck, our bodies still riddled with shock.
“Maybe...wait till we get home.” I stuttered out.
That went better than expected. I go to ask her out, and in the process nearly get us killed. Wow, what a great friend I am. And to top everything, Emmett ruins yet another attempt, and this time he wasn’t even present to do it! I sat mainly in silence the rest of the road home, Bella humming along to the radio. I came to a stop outside our houses, both of us getting out the car. I walked round to her side, grabbing her wrist before she headed inside.
“Bells...” I began, pulling her back “I need to ask you that thing...remember?”
“Oh yeah.” She said, tucking a piece of hair behind her ear “What is it? Is something wrong?”
“No.” I began “Nothing’s wrong. I just...I was wondering if maybe you’d...”
But once again I was cut off! Seriously! Why does this happen every time I go to ask her!? The sound of Bella’s front door opening caused her to turn round before I was finished, and there, standing on her porch was Jacob Black, a big goofy smile on his face.
“Bells!” He cried happily “Long time no see.”
“Jake!” She exclaimed, running up the stairs to give him a hug “How did you get in. Charlie isn’t here.”
“He let me in just before he left. Said I could wait for you as long as I didn’t set the house on fire like someone we know.”
Both of them turned to face me at this comment.
“How many times do I have to apologize for that!?” I asked, walking towards them “How was I supposed to know that flammable and inflammable meant the same?”
Bella just chuckled as Jacob gave an uncomfortable smile. Like I’ve said before, it was no secret that we didn’t really get on, but we tried for Bella’s sake. But right now, all I wanted to do was kick him. Four times I’ve went to ask her out! And four times I’ve been interrupted! Right now I feel like God’s personal joke.
“Jake.” I said politely, when I reached them.
“Cullen.” He replied.
I’m thinking that Bella could sense the tension, because she immediately started asking a load of random questions, like why is the sky blue? Or, why is toothpaste called toothpaste and not meatloaf?
Jacob was there for what felt like hours, but thankfully he soon left, leaving Bella and I alone once more. This was it. No one was going to get in my way this time. I made sure my cell was off, accidentally on purpose knocked Bella’s phone off the hook, and made sure Charlie wasn’t due home for another few hours. I took a deep breath as we made our way upstairs. For some reason the journey to her room felt a lot longer than it usually did. We finally reached it, Bella putting on some music before collapsing onto her bed and sighing in content. I took a seat next to her, and at this she sat up.
“So...what was it that you want to ask me earlier?” For some reason she looked a little...worried.
Well...here goes nothing.
“Ok...here it goes...” I said with a sigh “Lately, I’ve been having...thoughts...and feelings towards someone...a girl...I mean, I can’t stop thinking about her. She’s always on my mind...”
“Wow...” She mumbled “Sounds like you’ve got it bad.”
“I really want to ask her out...” I carried on “But...I’m nervous, because she’s not like all these other girls that I usually go for. She’s so unique and different, but in a good way. She doesn’t take crap from anyone and she isn’t afraid to tell me when I’m being stupid or when I should shut up...”
She ran her fingers through her hair before giving a deep sigh.
“Well Edward...” She began “I think you should just...go for it...its Tanya right? The girl you can’t stop thinking about.”
What the Fu-...Tanya! Please I’d rather date Lassie than her. Where the hell did she get that idea from?
“What?” I asked with a chuckle “No it’s not Tanya. Gross.”
At this comment, Bella immediately lightened up. Seriously, what was her problem with Tanya?
“...Then...who are you talking about?” She asked, a small smile playing at the corners of her mouth.
Ok, now this was the hard part...
“Bella...” I began “Would you...Like to go out with me sometime...as more than friends?”
PRAISE THE LORD I DID IT!
“...You mean like a date?” She asked, smiling a bit more. All I could do was nod “Yeah...” she answered.
Holy s***! Did she just say yes!?
“I would like that.”
Holy mother of snot! Edward just asked me out on a date! I know...I seem really excited...and I am. I’ll admit...When Tanya said that she liked him, I was jealous...Like really jealous. All this time I thought that it was that bimbo that he was crushing on! But it wasn’t! It was me! ME! HA! Take that you plastic looking skank! Sorry...a little bit over the moon right now. I won’t deny it any more either...ever since that night...I have been having...inappropriate thoughts about him, and strange feelings. So I’ll admit it...I have a little crush...Ok, I have a BIG crush, but it looks like he’s in the same boat. I mean we’re going to be going on a date! Woo hoo!
“How long have you been feeling that way about me?” I asked, unable to wipe the smile from my face.
“Uh...Since you kissed me in front of Mike Newton.” He admitted, blushing slightly.
“Holy Crap!” I exclaimed “That was...weeks ago! We still had the eggs!”
“Yeah I know.” He said “Can I just say, you were totally oblivious towards it. I swear, half the time I practically spelled it out that I liked you and you still didn’t realise.”
I had to laugh at this, the burning feeling in my cheeks telling me that I was blushing.
“I seriously had no idea.” I confessed “But I’m glad that you told me...when will we...go out?”
“How about Saturday?” He asked “Nothing too fancy. Dinner and a movie maybe?”
“Sounds perfect.” I said with a smile “I can’t wait.”
And the truth was...I couldn’t.